Annabel Smith, 36, an NHS man­ager, lives in Wrex­ham with her part­ner Dy­lan. She is 31 weeks preg­nant.

Mother & Baby (UK) - - BUMP & BIRTH -

‘I tugged hard on my trouser zip but it wasn’t budg­ing. Stand­ing in front of the ho­tel mir­ror, need­ing to hurry to get to a work meet­ing, I stared at my belly. It seemed to have ex­panded overnight. My gap­ing blouse was an­other giveaway – I could hardly fas­ten the but­tons! With just an hour to go un­til my meet­ing, there was no time to buy big­ger clothes. I’d only packed two out­fits for my short busi­ness trip, and the peo­ple I was due to meet had seen me in my other one the pre­vi­ous day. And no one at work knew I was preg­nant yet! I scrab­bled in my overnight case and found a strappy vest top which, com­bined with a longer cardi­gan, hid that tell-tale zip. My col­leagues and boss were none the wiser. I, on the other hand, was in shock! Un­til that point, my preg­nancy hadn’t felt real. Now, see­ing my body al­ter, there was no deny­ing there was a life grow­ing in­side me. It was so ex­cit­ing and I re­alised my life was about to change.’

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